The NCAA has cancelled all competitions through at least the spring, which is a bit of a pain when you write for a website dedicated to college sports. Honestly, we will be lucky if this doesn’t wind up impacting football season.
Experts are calling for Americans to get ready for dramatic lockdowns - lockdowns like those Italy and Spain are already experiencing. I feel we are going to be in this for weeks and the worst is yet to come. The economy is posting the worst losses of my lifetime already. Many could die by the time this is all over. The United States was not prepared for this outbreak. The weeks and months ahead are going to be hard for all of us.
We’re going to have to help each other get through, not just COVID-19, but the devastating impact it seems likely to have on our economy. We have to start figuring out ways to take care of each other. One place we can start is by helping others keep food on tables. Layoffs have already begun, hundreds of thousands more Americans don’t have sick leave. Some have struggled to get their unemployment insurance. The schools are closed, meaning the 30 million or so children who rely on the school lunch program aren’t being fed. Those needs are urgent.
Fortunately there are charities, both locally and nationally, that have been fighting hunger for years. We at STS would like to start with one in a place special to those of us who read this site, Clemson, SC.
Clemson Community Care has worked with the city, schools, and churches for years to take care of people in the area. In 2018 (the last year numbers are available) they distributed almost a quarter of a million pounds of food. They know how to use cash donations.
There are hundreds of people who read this website every day, we have an opportunity to act together (without breaking self-quarantine) and help out people who need it the most right now.
We like to talk about Clemson as a family, and this is what families do. When shit hits the fan we take care of each other. If you can afford it, I’m asking you to donate to Clemson Community Care. Tell your friends, tell your family. CCC accept’s donations via PayPal and credit card. They’re going to need all the help they can get. You can donate to our Facebook fundraiser here.